Monday, May 29, 2017

Do you believe now?

Distinctive Beauty A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody

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Distinctive Beauty

A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God's attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.

–from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations


✞ The blessed lady, Mother of our Savior, may well be called a morning, since before her there was none without sin. After her, the most clear sun Christ Jesus showed his light to the world."
— St. John Fisher


"I call upon you, my God, my mercy, who made me, and did not forget me, although I forgot you. I call you into my soul, which you prepare to accept you by the longing that you breathe into it. Do not desert me now when I call upon you, for before I called upon you, you went ahead and helped me, and repeatedly you urged me on by many different words, so that from afar I would hear you, and be converted, and call upon you as you called to me."

— St. Augustine, p. 302

AN EXCERPT FROMThe Confessions of St. Augustine


"In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other."

Ecclesiastes 7:14a



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Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society of the Sacred Heart, institutions known for the quality of the education made available to the young.

Sophie herself received an extensive education, thanks to her brother Louis, 11 years older and her godfather at baptism. Himself a seminarian, Louis decided that his younger sister would likewise learn Latin, Greek, history, physics and mathematics—always without interruption and with a minimum of companionship. By age 15, she had received a thorough exposure to the Bible, the teachings of the Fathers of the Church and theology. Despite the oppressive regime Louis imposed, young Sophie thrived and developed a genuine love of learning.

Meanwhile, this was the time of the French Revolution and of the suppression of Christian schools. The education of the young, particularly young girls, was in a troubled state. Sophie, who had discerned a call to the religious life, was persuaded to become a teacher. She founded the Society of the Sacred Heart, which focused on schools for the poor as well as boarding schools for young women of means. Today, co-ed Sacred Heart schools also can be found, along with schools exclusively for boys.

In 1826, her Society of the Sacred Heart received formal papal approval. By then she had served as superior at a number of convents. In 1865, she was stricken with paralysis; she died that year on the feast of the Ascension.

Madeleine Sophie Barat was canonized in 1925.


Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Lectionary: 297

Reading 1 ACTS 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"
They answered him,
"We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
He said, "How were you baptized?"
They replied, "With the baptism of John."
Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus."
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Responsorial Psalm PS 68:2-3AB, 4-5ACD, 6-7AB

R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Alleluia COL 3:1

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
"Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God."
Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world."


Acts 19:1-8

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7th Week of Easter

We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. (Acts 19:2)

Imagine you are at a wedding banquet. Several guests are milling around an elegantly decorated room, eating delicious and beautifully prepared appetizers. They are talking happily and enjoying the good food and good company. However, they are unaware that a door at the end of the room leads to a larger hall with music and a huge banquet. Satisfied though they are, they don't realize what they are missing!

As Paul traveled through Greece and into Ephesus, he came upon some disciples. They were happily following God, devoted to what they had heard and understood. But they didn't have the whole picture. They had embraced the baptism of repentance that John preached, but they had never heard the rest of the story. So Paul told them about Jesus. They had never heard of the Holy Spirit either, so he prayed with them, and the Holy Spirit descended upon them. Evidently, God had much more waiting for them!

How about you? You may feel that your relationship with God is good, but Jesus wants to make it spectacular. He wants your cup to overflow with his love, his grace, and his wisdom. Take a moment to recall the most powerful, grace-filled experience of God you've ever had. Now multiply that by tenfold. That's what God wants to do for you. If you think the "appetizers" you have tasted so far are good, just wait for the main course!

Always remember that the Holy Spirit lives in you. Remember that he delights in doing "far more than all we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20). And don't forget about all the grace and power he offers you every single time you receive Communion.

So go ahead and ask him for more of his life. Ask him to give you a new insight into the Scriptures. Ask him to help you not only overcome sin but become a saint. Ask him to make you extra confident in your position as a child of God. Ask him to give you a joy that overflows and touches everyone you meet. Ask, ask, and ask. He loves you. He has good gifts waiting for you.

"Holy Spirit, I do want more! Help me to open my heart to receive all of your gifts."

Psalm 68:2-7
John 16:29-33


"John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." Then thry spoke in tongues and prophesied. Just then? No. Always. The Spirit if God permeates and remains.
We pray "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth". If there are kingdoms in the world, which one do you belong to...and are you faithful to your King? Because He has been riddled with u faithfulness. Have you not been baptized with the Spirit.. of repentance?
The Holy Word our God spoke and with one word the Spirit is created "you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me....". Why does He say this...truth? You will scatter like chickens when the wolf comes. He says this to encourage to dive deep in faith. He opens these huge doors...a revelation. As they peep shaking in their boots...they see their Master slaughtered. They are left with His words "...take courage, I have conquered the world."
Have you not been baptized? Then why are you afraid? Why are you afraid to love and trust? Renew the Spirit. In Heaven it is like this...a fear ever be away from God...that is true death. Let us experience that to live this Kingdom now....


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Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus' name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar's heart for Your gift of Kindness within us.

Jesus approached sinners with immense kindness. Holy Paraclete, please treat us humble sinners with the same kindness and give us the ability to treat all others with that kindness as well.


Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord,


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